October 13, 2009
I remember my great anticipation while waiting to hear David Archuleta’s debut CD. Snippets be danged, I was determined to wait until the day I had the disc in my hand and could play it in its entirety.
Afterwards, however, I actually went back and listened to them to see, if indeed, I had missed something. I wasn’t disappointed that I had waited. They were after all, just snippets — they were incomplete and left you hanging….
So, it was not hard for me to do the same with Christmas from the Heart – and not listen to the snippets. My anticipation, however, has increased exponentially ….
Quite fitting then, that now at 4:30 a.m., as I download CFTH on iTunes, the snow is falling gently to the ground in big light fluffy flakes. I listen on my headphones so as not to wake up my household. I really listen to the words as David sings each song, then again and notice the accompaniments – the piano, the strings, the flute, the guitar, the orchestra as a whole and I am stung by tears when I get to What Child Is This.
It is now 6:45 a.m. and, as I let my dog out, I also find myself outside – in my housecoat and holey plastic garden ‘shoes’ – sweeping the inch or so of snow that has fallen. Brandy comes running at the sound for she loves to jump at the snow as I propel it in the air. She is exuberant. I feel a joyous peacefulness settle over me and can’t help but grin. What a glorious feeling it is to be alive at this very moment in time.
I am amazed at my reaction. No meltdown. Perhaps it will occur after I have listened to the two final tracks – have I saved the best for last? Certainly David’s previous O Holy Night renditions have brought me to tears and Ave Maria, well this one is just my most favorite. I will listen — later. For now, I will bask in the wonderful calm that has settled upon me.
October 15, 2009, a.m.
Sunshine called the CD a “tapestry.” I concur, the weaving together of many threads to make a whole, with a commonality connecting them. Each song having varying threads of David’s unique vocal nuance, inflection, dynamics , accent and phrasing, tied together by his emotional reverence.
October 16, 2009, p.m.
O Holy Night, sung – this time – with the more traditional orchestration, is yet another version that will take over my senses and carry me away to a very special place upon each listening.
October 17, 2009
I have just listened to Ave Maria for the first time. Not understanding the words made me pay closer attention to and be more attuned to the pure emotion in David’s voice. The tears stream down my face in honour.
P.S. Gorgeous Pat-a-Pan video from vidwhiz Angelica!